Casey, Simpson share first-round lead at Sony Open

Honolulu, HI ( – Paul Casey and Webb Simpson opened up with
matching 8-under 62s in Thursday’s first round and they share a 1-shot lead at
the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Casey is a 13-time winner on the European Tour, but his lone victory on the
PGA Tour came at the 2009 Houston Open. Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion,
is a 4-time winner on tour, with the last one coming at last season’s Shriners
Hospitals for Children Open.

Robert Streb, a winner at the McGladrey Classic in October, continues to play
well this season as he is tied for third with Camilo Villegas after the duo
began the week with 7-under 63s at Waialae Country Club.

Rory Sabbatini carded a 6-under 64 on Thursday and he is alone in fifth. Jason
Day, Matt Kuchar, John Peterson, Tim Clark, J.J. Henry and Jonathan Randolph
are all tied for sixth at 5-under 65.

Defending champion Jimmy Walker had a solid first round and his 4-under 66 has
him tied for 12th with 10 others.